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Are Doomsday Preppers Making A Good Decision?

Updated on December 6, 2013
We have all witnessed recently the popularity of the individuals that embrace the "doomsday prepper" mentality as it has been showcased on television and in print, but one cannot help but look beyond the entertainment value to ponder if such a lifestyle is a productive way to progress through life. Not every prepper lives in the wilderness and makes a morning search for fresh road kill as a viable form of meat protein, but many others seem to have gone a bit over the top in assessing potential threats to the continuance of society as we have come to know it. At least from a cursory glance many of these people seem more enamored with the lifestyle of prepping than actually preparing for a catastrophe in earnest with sound planning and frugal dispersal of their financial resources.

Without question a devastating happenstance can occur at any time via either man-made or natural causes, but when determining the need to prep and the depth of the acquisitions necessary to survive in the way of supplies it becomes evident that more is not always better. Even the government has distributed information on disaster preparedness that includes the storing of extra items in the instance of an event that disrupts normal supplies of needed consumer goods. However, not a single source of disaster preparedness outside of the prepper communities recommends a year's supply of everything from food to toilet paper.

From an objective vantage point each of us must seriously question if life lived in an underground bunker armed to the teeth eating dehydrated food at every meal is really living. If the world were to regress to a "kill or be killed" mentality would life really be living or merely an exercise in surviving day to day without any prospect of a return to normalcy?

While there is no doubt that making preparations for temporary disruptions in goods and services is a prudent move, taking the financial rewards of a lifetime and sinking them into doomsday prepping not only seems a bit foolish but deprives the entire family of comforts. In essence, the "all-in" mentality of a die hard doomsday prepper seems a bit selfish, in trading an enjoyable present for a false sense of security in a future world where personal security is a fantasy. Hurricanes, wars and earthquakes? Quite possible. Zombie apocalypse alien invasion, total enslavement by the ruling powers - highly unlikely. Perhaps the best possible way to prepare for a doomsday scenario is to invest in the education of our children to resolve matters of hardship long before they have the chance of becoming a reality.


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    • thom w conroy profile image

      thom w conroy 5 years ago

      I agree - you'd have to wonder if something that catastrophic were to happen would life really be worth living. Thanks for the comment!

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      bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

      Being prepared with supplies for a few days in case of an earthquake is one thing, but worrying about an apocalypse is simply a waste of time. No one can be prepared for something like that.